I just got a 4 year old off the track two weeks ago, waited a week and then hopped on him because he was so calm and relaxed. Well needless to say he was PERFECT, stood quietly and was soo relaxed under saddle. however, when I trotted him he was DEAD LAME on his hind right. He had looked a tad off the week before when in turnout but we chalked it up to him over doing it in the pasture since he was loving life out there.
So we got in touch with his track owner and he said that the horse had a bone chip in his right hind fetlock and vet said if they wanted to keep running him he’d need surgery, but with some time off he would be fine for anything else due to the bone chip being in a “good” spot and that it would calcify and be ok.
we’re having the vet look at him tomorrow (X-rays too) but my question is if anyone has had a horse with a bone chip that calcified with time off and returned to work without a problem? Or is surgery almost always needed. If he does need surgery we will go ahead and do it but just wanted to hear other people’s opinions and experiences!